keyboard lockup at start-up - after kde upgrade (3.4.2)

From: Michael Bonert (
Date: 11/06/05

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    After upgrading KDE (to 3.4.2). I started having the keyboard lockup
    problem discussed here:

    The work around I found for this annoying problem (reproduced below) does
    not work.

    Complicating the situation is that one cannot easily drop to a virtual
    console. The new login screen (after the upgrade) doesn't have the option to
    drop to a console... and since the keyboard is locked it appears that one is
    just plain screwed.

    After rebooting a couple of times and hoping I'd luck-out I realized that if
    I frantically tap the keyboard ("ctrl-alt-F1" after selecting "re-start
    X-server") I can sometimes drop to a virtual console. From there I can kill
    'kdm'... and if I re-start kdm the keyboard problem is gone (like in my past
    experience). This is a very crude work around. I'm looking for a definitive
    fix for kdm.

    Does anyone have a detailed set of instructions for licking the annoying

    Nikita's post ( )
    and the follow-up by Enrico Zini ( ) seem to nail
    down the problem-- but they don't get me closer to fixing it 'cause I don't
    know enough about where the relevant files reside.


    August 27, 2005


    Keyboard lockup after X startup; possible cause

    bug seems to be avoided with use of 'gdm' ???

    ----this site gives the specific syntax for defining the virtual console

    startx/xinit ... - vt7
    ----this talks about where to make the change in debian
    MODIFY THE FILE: /etc/kde3/kdm/Xservers
    the following line 
    :0 local@tty1 /usr/X11R6/bin/X -nolisten tcp
    should become
    :0 local@tty1 /usr/X11R6/bin/X -nolisten tcp vt7
    --- System Information ---
    Debian Release: testing/unstable
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